Nowadays we can see English is so important for every professions. A lot things are constantly being created, new methods and things to be used to improve people’s health

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Nowadays we can see English is so important for every professions. A lot things are constantly being created, new methods and things to be used to improve people’s health; and as English is a language widely used by people to be understood worldwide…then, if we know English we can become more developed with the use of technology; learn faster about new things that people do not know.
When interviewees were asked about the importance of learning specific vocabulary related to dentistry in English, they all stated that it is fundamental for dentists to know as much dental terminology as possible because dental catalogs, materials, technological instruments, instructions, and academic articles are mainly in English. Several students stated that the strategies used in class concerning vocabulary learning and understanding (i.e., use of visual aids; morphological analysis of words; associating words; looking for cognates, synonyms, and antonyms; analyzing lexical items present in texts such as idioms and collocations) were necessary. They also mentioned that the reading strategies put into practice and discussed during lessons, such as analyzing the use of cohesive devices, looking for main ideas, inferring, associating, and summarizing, helped them understand texts.
The present research was carried out in 2017-2018 within the MA in English language teaching program at Southampton University (UK); and it took place at the Dental School of the Universidad de la República, in Uruguay, where a reading comprehension in English course was developed for students in the career of dentistry. This course had two main aims: (a) developing academic reading comprehension strategies that allowed students with basic levels of English to read academic books and research papers within their field; and (b) promoting acquisition of both general academic lexis and specific vocabulary related to the field of dentistry. I analyzed whether these two aims had been accomplished and the extent to which dentistry students with a basic or pre-intermediate level of English could understand academic articles while they started acquiring basic lexis from the field of dentistry. I also tried to fill a knowledge gap regarding the teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) within the specific academic field of dentistry as, although there are studies in this field (Basturkmen, 2012), these are not focused on the understanding of academic texts in relation to the acquisition of dental terminology.
As students of dentistry need English to study throughout their career, reading comprehension courses were implemented at the School of Dentistry of the Universidad de la República in Uruguay. Students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and with different levels of English regularly attend these courses. The course has been mainly designed for students with a basic or pre-intermediate level of English (A1, A2, or B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFRL) who generally cannot understand academic written texts in English. Despite this, students with more advanced levels sometimes take the course as they want to learn specific lexis related to dentistry while practicing their English. This research was carried out during a semester in one of these reading comprehension courses.

Undergraduate Students of Dentistry
Twenty-one undergraduate students of dentistry (19 women, 2 men; M = 22.2 years old; SD = 6.7 years; Mdn = 31.0 years; m = 19.0 years) comprised the main research subjects as they took the reading comprehension in English course. Participants were students in the first, second, and third year of their career of dentistry, with a basic or pre-intermediate level of English (A1, A2, or B1 according to the CEFRL). All students who took the course participated in the research completing the required tests and class survey. Apart from this, four of them were interviewed by using stratified random sampling as two women and two men were chosen.
Postgraduate Students of Dentistry
Two postgraduate students (Doctors in Dentistry completing postgraduate courses), a woman (42 years old) and a man (34 years old), who took a reading comprehension course like the one the undergraduate students took, were also invited to participate in the research in order to share their opinions and to pilot the tests and course’s contents related to dentistry.
Dentist vocabulary
Dentist - a person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums, especially the repair and extraction of teeth and the insertion of artificial ones.
Hygienist - a specialist in the promotion of clean conditions for the preservation of health.
Teeth - part of human body
Gums - the main part of teeth
Toothbrush - a small brush with a long handle, used for cleaning the teeth.
Toothpaste - a paste used on a toothbrush for cleaning the teeth.
Floss - clean between (one's teeth) with dental floss. the rough silk enveloping a silkworm's cocoon.
Mouthwash - a liquid used for rinsing the mouth or gargling with, typically containing an antiseptic.
Cleaning - the action of making something clean, especially the inside of a house.
Cavity - an empty space within a solid object, in particular the human body.
X-ray - the equipment which is help to take photo of teeth.
When he had to get a cavity fixed, the dentist injected his mouth with Procaine. This was so they could drill his teeth without it hurting him.
She never liked getting Procaine injected at the dentist, because she didn’t like her mouth being numb. But she knew it was necessary sometimes.
Root canal
No matter what, I hope you never have to get a root canal. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged, your dentist may have to perform a root canal. A root canal is a medical procedure that is done to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. It is done to keep the tooth from being removed. The area around the root of the tooth (what connects the tooth to the jaw) is cleaned or repaired, then filled. Root canals used to be very painful, but with modern technology, they’re pretty painless nowadays. That’s good at least!
For example:
She was hit in the face with a ball, and one of her teeth was badly damaged. Her dentist recommended that she get a root canal to repair the tooth.
Unfortunately, one of Steve’s teeth got a very bad infection. His dentist said he would have to perform a root canal in order to fix it. Steve was very nervous that it would hurt, but was surprised that it didn’t hurt at all!
How often do you go to the dentist? Have you had to use any of this vocabulary for the dentist? Share your story with us in the comments below!
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